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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2271 reviews
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Chilly but Fun

Review for Norwegian Jewel to the Western Caribbean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Mar 2010
Cabin: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

Our trip began with an overnight in KC at Embassy Suites and SWA flight to FFL. $35 taxi ride to Hardrock Hotel and Super Shuttle $32 each plus 20% tax next day to Port of Miami. The only warm day was at Roatan. We're talking temp's in the low sixties. We wished for some warm clothes like sweatsuits.

The Norwegian Jewel is just beautiful and immaculate. The service couldn't have been better. The Great Outdoors is on the 12th deck all across the very back of the ship. It is outdoor seating for eating. The buffet and Mama's Italian restaurant are there. When we got on the ship about noon, we had lunch at Azura main dining room, we should have gone to the buffet and eaten at the Great Outdoors. We enjoyed the dining rooms Tsar's Palace and Azura. We only had to wait one time for 25 minutes for Tsar's. We were asked if we would share a table, but were always seated promptly when we declined to share. The food at the buffet was excellent and so many choices and foods to explore. I thought the dining room food bland. However, the Escargot appetizer served piping hot was fantastic. As someone said, the Norwegian breads and coffee are the best. We paid the $25 each to eat at Cagneys and it was excellent prime rib served medium rare, also had the shrimp cocktail with 4 enormous shrimp, the New England Clam Chowder and baked potato. We declined the dessert. We ate at Tango's and the lobster tacos are good. We also had lunch at the Blue Lagoon. The Buffalo Wings are the best, we had mild and they were plenty spicy. The restaurant is a "sit-down", different than the Dawn that is more like a "walk-thru." Our mini-suite was excellent and Marvin took good care of us, morning and evening. His towel animals were the best. We wished we had been on the Port side of the ship to view the ports we visited. We attended all the shows. The last night Crew Show with Fountains is the best. Cirque Bijou Friday night was outstanding. The theater is always full, but we didn't stand inline before the theater opened 30 minutes before showtime.After the show started they opened up reserved seating in the balcony for the people standing. We didn't care for Bud Anderson or juggler Barry John, but did like Jean Pierre and his card tricks. The shows in Spinnakers at 8:45 were fun, Not so Newly Wed, Friendly Fued, etc. We wished they would have been earlier in the day to give us something to do. As I read from another cruiser, Norwegian could do better providing things to do for adults that don't require a fee, some paid $85 to play bingo! We like Norwegian and would choose NCL for our next cruise. Last day, after a nice breakfast we pulled our luggage off the ship and cruised through customs. At the curb for pick-up about nine. I forgot to mention that we enjoyed the tour of the spa area the first day on ship.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin MA

Our mini-suite 11084 was very nice. We wished we had been on the Port side to have better views. Marvin kept it spotless morning and evening. Outstanding towel animals,too. The linens were very comfortable. We were situated in the middle of the ship on deck 11. It seems like we did a lot of walking, restaurants on the back and theater and Spinnakers on the front. There was a huge amount of storage and drawers and luggage fit under the big bed.The bathroom had shelves above the sink and under the sink,racks and hooks on the door. Had a nice bathtub and roomy shower. We never used the refrigerator, but did use the safe. We wished for better TV. We got an extension cord to use the cpap machine. Our keys wouldn't work in the door the first day and we joined a long line of people with the same problem at the reception desk. Our cabin was ready before 2PM and our luggage arrived soon after that.

Port Reviews

Costa Maya

The ship docks and a trolley is close to take you to a shopping area. It's the typical Mexican souvenir stores. The pool is there. We didn't stay long. I was disappointed in the Western Caribbean not as pretty as the Eastern.

Belize City

The ships anchor a long way from land, but still our ship stirred up the mud. Belize Boats come out to the ships to pick up passengers. The Celebrity Mercury and Holland America Ryndam were there, too. A crew member told us that the crew that went into Belize City were robbed that day. We didn't go ashore. It was very chilly.


The only warm day. We were able to dock as we were the only ship there. I tried to book a tour on-line before leaving home, but told they were full. We stayed onboard and enjoyed the not so crowded hot tub and ship. At NCL private island Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, it was cold and windy and the water rough. It was announced on ship that a Royal Caribbean ship had cancelled their stop at their island nearby due to the weather. We did see a huge manta ray swim by the ship.

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